Sunday, 30 October 2011

Canyons -- Keep Your Dreams

These guys are good. They're from Western Australia, and their music is heavy on the synths, with a cheeky bit of saxophone thrown in for good measure. It's the sound we've come to expect from a lot of Modular bands, but one that we'll hear plenty of over the coming summer festival season.

Their debut album called "Keep Your Dreams" came out yesterday, but Modular have been kind enough to stream it to us through Soundcloud. I'm a big fan of this one, so enjoy!

Canyons - Keep Your Dreams

Oops -- looks like modular have taken it down. Oh well, you can simply download the album here

Here's a nice little mixtape from one of the lads as a bonus for your long weekend.

Track Listing

  • Mtume - You, Me and He (It's non-functional)
  • Embryo - Mao in Afrique pt1
  • Kemet Crew - The Fruit
  • Ph-7 - The Power of Sound
  • Castle Beat - Today. Tonight. Forever (dub)
  • Koro Koro - No Smoke
  • The Bayara Citizens - Marfungo
  • Amin-peck - Girls On Me
  • Techno Scratch - Techno Scratch
  • Bang the Party - Bang Bang You're Mind
  • Canyons - With Love and Guns (Long-winded demo)
  • The Monks - Drugs In My Pocket
  • Jackson 5 - I Am Love
  • Canyons - Sun and Moon (Pitched Down Demo)

And if that doesn't get you going, how about this remix of Canyons first single off the album by no other than DJ Harvey

Canyons - See Blind Through (DJ Harvey Remix)

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Poolside Music

My man Sashi put me onto these guys. Poolside music are a couple of dudes from LA making music in their poolhouse. Seriously, their poolhouse. Only in LA, I guess! They describe their music as 'daytime disco'; sounds to capture the feeling of a perfect afternoon. 

I loved their version of "Harvest Moon" that you may have heard on Soggy Disco Biscuit Volume 6. But now that summer's on the way, I'll be playing this mixtape. Here's hoping the guys will mix another one soon.

Monday, 24 October 2011

Gotye -- Somebody That I Used To Know remixes

You'd have to be living in a cave (or on Classic Rock FM) not to have heard Gotye's amazing song "Somebody That I Used To Know". It's a ripper, and reminds me of Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush singing "Don't Give Up". There are some really good remixes floating around at the moment. Here is just a sample.

 Somebody That I Used To Know (RUFUS Re-edit)
Download Rufus Re-Edit Here

 Somebody That I Used To Know (Bibio remix)

 Somebody That I Used To Know (Faux Pas remix)

Friday, 21 October 2011

Chic featuring Nile Rodgers

What do you know about Chic? You'll know their song "Le Freak", no doubt. You probably even know the story of how this song came to be written. With the band being refused entry at the door to Studio 54 and going home and writing the lyric "Fuck off" in response -- which later became "Freak Out". It's a good story. It's a great song. But that's not the whole story about the band Chic.

You might also know some of their other songs. How about the song "Good Times" that was sampled by The Sugarhill Gang for "Rapper's Delight"? Or the song "Soup for One" that was sampled by Modjo for "Lady"? Grab this album and have a listen!

Download "The Best Of Chic: Dance, Dance Dance"

  1. "Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah)" (Edwards, Rodgers, Lehman) - 8:30
    • From 1977 album Chic
  2. "Everybody Dance" (12" Mix) - 8:25
    • Original version appears on 1977 album Chic
  3. "Strike up the Band" (Edwards, Lehman, Rodgers) - 5:10
    • From 1977 album Chic
  4. "Chic Cheer" - 4:42
  5. "Le Freak"  – 5:23
  6. "I Want Your Love" - 6:45
  7. "Good Times" - 8:13
  8. "My Feet Keep Dancing" - 6:46
  9. "My Forbidden Lover" - 4:42
  10. "Soup for One" (NB: 7" Edit. Listed as - 7:58, the timing of the 12" mix) - 3:07
    • Original version appears on 1982 soundtrack album Soup For One
  11. "Savoir Faire" - 5:01

But, what you might not know is that Chic are coming to town! And Nile Rodgers will also be playing a lot of the other songs he's famous for, like "Let's Dance" by David Bowie. Take a listen to this live version from a gig they did in Tokyo only a few months ago!

CHIC - Let's Dance - Live in Tokyo, 2011

Thursday, 20 October 2011

Body Language

It's hard to actually pin-point exactly who or what Body Language actually are. As they put it; “Depending on the day, we’re producing indie music, DJing house, disco and Detroit techno, or writing pop songs on the piano." They're a band from Brooklyn, with a new album out. But they are also pretty good DJs with a keen ear for disco.

I'm loving some old 70s disco at the moment. And I'm loving this little mix from the Body Language crew. Get on it!

Track Listing

Roy Ayers - Running Away
Daniel Wang - Like Some Dream I can Stop Dreaming
Escort - Starlight
Hercules and the Love Affair - Blind
Indeep - Last Night a DJ Saved My Life (Mirage Remix)
Evelyn Champlain King- Love Come Down
Kerrier District - Lets Dance and Freak
Marvin Gaye - Got to get Down
Kano - i'm ready
Prince - Controversy
Giorgio Moroder - The Chase
Metro Area - Seduction
Michael Jackson - Off the Wall
Ian Preece- Superfuzz
Panthers - Goblin City (Holy Ghost! disco dub)
Motown Sounds - Bad Mouthin'
Black Devil Disco Dub - The Devil In Us

Saturday, 15 October 2011

ZIP fm -- Lithuania

ZIP fm is a radio station somewhere in Lithuania. I couldn't work out where. Anyway, on Sunday nights they have a radio show called "Love in Slow Motion", starting at 10pm. Well, on the 11th September, the second half of the show was a broadcast of Soggy Disco Biscuit Volume 5. Have a listen below because the first hour is pretty good. Oh, and if anyone can tell me what the radio DJ is saying as he's introducing my mix, then let me know!

Thursday, 13 October 2011

DJ Shadow -- The Music That Inspired "Endtroducing"

"Endtroducing" by DJ Shadow is just one of those albums that when you listen to it the first time, you just sit there, gobsmacked at it all going on. It came out in 1996, but I only got it years later. I think someone bought this for me as a present on vinyl. It just seemed right to have this on vinyl. The whole album is one huge collection of samples, drawing on everyone from Nirvana to Kraftwerk.

Download "Endtroducing" here

Here's a download from the radio show BBC 6 Mix with an interview with DJ Shadow explaining his influences and what drove him to create this ground-breaking album. It's a good listen.

Download "The Music That Inspired Endtroducing -- BBC 6 Mix" here

  • DJ Shadow — Best Foot Forward (Excerpt)
  • De La Soul — The Magic Number
  • Public Enemy — Night Of The Living Bassheads
  • Main Source — Looking At The Front Door
  • Blackalicious — Changes
  • Afrika Bambaataa & Soulsonic Force — Planet Rock
  • DJ Shadow — The Number Song (Excerpt)
  • The Invaders — Spacing Out
  • DJ Shadow — Stem
  • The Jackboys — Sling That Monkey
  • Debbie Harry — In Love With Love
  • DJ Shadow — Scatterbrain (Excerpt)
  • DJ Shadow — What Does Your Soul Look Like? (Peshay Remix)
  • Queen — We Will Rock You (Rick Rubin's Ruined Mix)
  • Hustlers FC — Big Trouble In Little Asia
  • DJ Shadow — Organ Donor
  • 3i0 — Organ Donor
  • Fidgital — Organ Donor
  • Unknown Artist — Organ Donor
  • DJ Shadow — Midnight In A Perfect World
  • DJ Shadow — This Time (I'm Gonna Go My Way)
  • The Music That Inspired 'The Less You Know, The Better'
  • [unknown] — Unknown Track
  • Little Dragon — Fortune
  • DJ Shadow Feat. Little Dragon — Scale It Back
  • The Weekend — Too Bad
  • Orchid Spangiafora — Unknown
  • Nirvana Vs Rick James — All Apologies/Give It To Me (DJ Shadow Mashup)
  • DJ Shadow Feat. Tom Vek — Warning Call

Monday, 10 October 2011

Another Angle -- Meatskull

Lyndon Pike hosts a radio show in Sydney on 2ser , 107.3 on your fm dial. I've never listened to it, or heard anything from that radio station at all. But I do listen to the stuff that he uploads to his blog.

One mixtape that I love is his "Another Angle" series. A lot of the time, it's a recording of his radio show, or at the least a sample of the tunes he played during the show. Other times, it's a collection of tracks he's listening to and would like us to listen to as well.

The music is low-tempo, introspective, Sunday arvo on the couch with a good book and an hour to kill. Put on your headphones, pour a large Pimms, stare out the window kinda stuff. Sometimes there's some wobbly beats, some dubby sub-step, some reggae. Other times it's edits and dub excursions. Mostly, it's sonic textural soundscapes.

Details of his radio show can be found here
Go to his blog here

Have a listen to my favourite "Another Angle" episode, Volume 47

Where else are you gonna find dub, detroit deep house, slanted beats, inspired mash ups, Indian pop, and Tina Turner covering a Massive Attack classic? Nowhere, that’s where. Hop onboard the Meatskull express as the Another Angle series grows and grows.
Four Tet – There Is Love
Moodyman – Anotha Black Sunday
Sorcerer – Dayglow
Echologist – For No Good Reason
Massive Attack (feat. Horace Andy) – Girl I Love You (She Is Danger Remix)
Hugh Mundell & Rockers All Stars –S top Them Jah/Dub Them Jah
Junior Murvin – Roots Train No.1
MJ vs The Drastics – Rock With You
Madlib – Lucky Guy
Wu Tang vs The Beatles – C.R.E.A.M.
Redd – Sao Paulo
Hunee – Took My Love
Motor City Drum Ensemble – Raw Cuts #6
Common feat. Erykah Badu – The Light (Remix)
Bullion – Say Goodbye To What
M.Ashraf feat Nahid Akhtar – Dilbar Dilbara
Colatron – I’ll Be There In Twin Peaks
Tina Turner – Unfinished Sympathy

Saturday, 8 October 2011

Underworld -- Complete Discography

    In the early 90s, the band Underworld only meant one thing to me -- the song "Underneath the Radar". Quite a cool track, but nothing outstanding. Then, someone slipped me a tape and said; "Take a listen to these guys. I know them, this is gonna be their new album". The tape was "Dubnobasswithmyheadman" and the band was a newly updated version of Underworld. That tape did not come out of my Sony Walkman for months.

    If you want to hear a track that typifies everything that was wrong with 80s music, take a listen to "I Need A Doctor" from their first album; "Underneath the Radar". It sounds like a bad mix between Icehouse and Mondo Rock.

    But then, have a listen to how they changed. "Mmm Skyscraper ... I love you" is a hauntingly dark and melancholic exploration of beats and pieces. 

    Their most famous song, and the one that changed their fortunes completely, is "Born Slippy". It featured in the soundtrack to Trainspotting, and was probably the song every DJ played at midnight, New Year's Eve in 2000. Lager, lager, lager!

    You should probably have every Underworld album, so here they are.

    Underneath the Radar (1988)

    Change the Weather (1989)

      Dubnobasswithmyheadman (1994)

      Second Toughest in the Infants (1996)
      Beaucoup Fish (1999)

      A Hundred Days Off (2002)

      Oblivion With Bells (2007)

        Barking (2010)

        Thursday, 6 October 2011

        DJ Harvey

        DJ Harvey is one old dude. Take a good look at him. He reminds me of that famous mugshot photo of Nick Nolte. If you saw him on the street, you'd probably either look the other way, or offer him some loose change from your pockets. But Harvey doesn't need your money. The guy's been DJing forever.

        I first caught a set from him at The Ministry of Sound back in the early 90s. He'd play in the front bar, and drop a selection of disco-fused house numbers that would get us all shaking. Good tunes! He also played at the Gardening Club, another favourite of ours in Covent Garden.

        I missed him at the Meredith Music Festival in 2010, but my wife woke up to the sounds of Olivia Newton-John's "Xanadu" and got out of the tent and ventured down to the hill to catch the end of his set. Good thing too, because Harvey's rock star antics at the end of this set are now yet another Meredith Music Festival legend. Take a look below.

        Here's an interview he did for the "Beats in Space" radio show and a bit of a mix he put together that plays in the background. 

        1. Locussolus - Tan Sedan (Dr Dunks Buick Regal Dub) - International Feel
        2. Crown Heights Affair - Dream World - De-Lite
        3. Legowelt - Backwoods Fantasies - L.I.E.S.
        4. Legowelt - Sea Of Nuhuhu - L.I.E.S.
        5. Nicky Siano - Move - Splash
        6. Was It A Cat I Saw? (ML Booster Re-Edit) - Who Knows?
        7. Mr Fox - Party Track - Golden Flamingo
        8. Blanche Carter - Straight Down To The Bone - TSOB
        9. Master Jay And Michael Dee - TSOB (Part Two) - TSOB
        10. World Premiere - Share The Night - Easy Street
        11. Craig Peyton - Be Thankful For What You Got - Profile
        12. Locussolus - Throwdown (Com Truise Remix) - International Feel
        13. D.C. LaRue - Do You Want The Real Thing - Casablanca

        Tuesday, 4 October 2011

        Soggy Disco Biscuit -- Volume 7

        Well, September was a great month for the mixtape! It was played 1151 times and downloaded 632 times. I'm pretty stoked with that and I hope you're all enjoying the tunes. Like any good DJ, I'm happy to take requests so leave a comment if you want to hear a tune next month.

        I've got a  cracker of a mixtape for you this month. I managed to get one of my all time favourite songs in there; "Music Sounds Better With You", and it's a really nice remix. A couple of older tracks, including a classic by Armand Van Helden before he became Ducksauce, a cool version of an old MJ groove, and Lemon Jelly remixing Atlantic Ocean's "Waterfall". What really stands out for me this month is this killer version of "Promised Land" by Findlay Brown. If you downloaded and watched "Pump Up The Volume", you'll understand how important the original version was at the time. And that Style Council version can piss off! This version is a stunner. Oh, and how cool are the Bag Raiders?

        October, 2011 

        -- Track Listing -- 

        • "Don't Stop The Dub" - Majestys Pleasure 
        • "Music Sounds Better With You (Chateau Flight Remix)" - Stardust
        • "Emotional Resque (Inflagranti edit)" - Rolling Stones
        • "Funk Phenomena" - Armand Van Helden
        • "You're Too Dub" - Terdjman
        • "Promised Land (Villa Remix)" - Findlay Brown
        • "Get On The Floor (Holy Ghost Edit)" - Michael Jackson 
        • "Destroy rock and roll (Tom Nevilles clean edit)" - Mylo
        • "Snake Charmer" - Bag Raiders 
        • "'93 aka Don't Stop Now" - Lemon Jelly

        Saturday, 1 October 2011

        Pump Up The Volume

        No, not the film that launched Christian Slater's career and my new hairstyle in the early 90s. Not even the song by M/A/R/R/S. Something even better! The Chanel 4 Documentary about the history of dance music. This was first broadcast in 2001 and covers the rise in dance music culture from Disco in the 70s through to the beginnings of House in the early 80s and its splintering into different genres in the 90s. Some amazing footage and some great shots inside the clubs of the time. The soundtrack to this documentary is outstanding. The interviews with DJs like Paul Oakenfold, Carl Cox, Pete Tong, Goldie, The Shamen, Leftfield, Underworld, Youth, Tony Wilson, and Armin Van Helden are brilliant. Download all three episodes and watch it over the weekend in one sitting.